QB Schaub is ready for his close-up now
The Texans still have defensive concerns, especially against the run
With the regular season approaching, the Football Outsiders use their unique brand of analysis to break down each of the league's 32 teams. The series continues today with a look at the Houston Texans.
Season Preview -- Houston Texans
This could be the year that Matt Schaub finally emerges as a top-flight star QB, but the defense -- even with some promising youngsters -- has gaps (especially against the run) that are concerns.
To see which player could soar, which could sink and whom you need to watch before the season opener, you must be an ESPN Insider.
2009 NFL PRESEASON
Football Outsiders Preview
Football Outsiders uses advanced stats to give you a player on the rise, another one in decline and a key player to watch for each team in the preseason. The series starts in the AFC West and runs for 32 consecutive days.